I'm just going to come right out and say it. If you are a horror fan (or a casual horror viewer) and you haven't seen Orphan yet, go see it. Go right now. Hop in your car and head to the nearest theater. That is all...wait, you're still here? Not convinced? OK, I'll give you three good reasons why you should. BUT, you have to promise me that you'll go see it as soon as you are done reading.
#1 Orphan is REALLY Disturbing...In a Good Way!
Finally, a movie about bad kids in which said bad kids actually do BAD things! This film is sick! Sick I tell you! I'm amazed that they were able to get away with some of the things that Esther does in this flick. And it's not just the actual act of what she does, it's the build up. Sure, there are a few scenes that feel tacked on and shocking just for the sake of being shocking, but then there are the scenes that feel genuine, natural and integral to the story. I don't want to give too much away, but I will tell you that scenes like the scuffle in the playground and the tree house are totally worth the wait. We've seen a lot of killer kid movies recently, but we haven't seen 'em do things this convincing, nor have we seen a child's performance in a horror flick like Fuhrman's in a really long time, which brings us to...
#2 The Performances Are Amazing
Isabelle Fuhrman (Esther) and Vera Farmiga (Kate, Esther's mom) really steal the show here. Their performances surpass any expectations that one might have for a horror flick. Peter Sarsgaard as John (Esther's dad) leaves a bit to be desired, but I don't think it's entirely his fault. His character is a little underwritten and underdeveloped. He does the best with what he's been given since his character serves a very specific purpose in the film which really doesn't come into play until the final act. Isabelle on the other hand turns in an amazing performance as the demonic little manipulator. If for nothing else, you have to see this film for Isabelle's commanding performance as Esther, truly one of the greats of kids in horror and one that we'll be talking about for YEARS to come. She's truly amazing.
#3 Horror Needs Your Help!
You wouldn't think so, but box office numbers for horror recently have generally been pretty dismal. Saying that Drag Me to Hell underperformed at the box office goes beyond being an understatement. It was a complete failure, and I can't help but think that we're a bit at fault. Maybe I didn't recommend or write about it enough. It seems a little late to say it now, but Drag Me to Hell was easily one of the best horror flicks to hit the screen in YEARS. And if nothing else it proved once and for all that PG-13 could pull a really nasty punch in a horror flick. It's sad to think that Sam Raimi's official return to horror couldn't pull in the numbers. If Raimi can't, then who can?
We need to support horror of all shapes and sizes. The good, the bad and the ugly. See it, love it or hate it, but most importantly, support horror so it can continue to grow and thrive.
So instead of pulling that DVD off the shelf or adding another title to your Netflix cue, get out of the house and go see Orphan! And if you like it, recommend it to someone.
Have you seen Orphan already? If you have, let us know what you thought.